The federal agency in
charge of $8 billion in economic stimulus spending on high-speed-rail projects
doesn't have the staff or expertise to properly oversee the money, government
investigators and congressional critics say. USA Today reports that the Federal
Railroad Administration, whose main job until now had been keeping freight and
passenger railroads safe, awarded the high-speed-rail grants in January --
months later than planned.
the rail link between Aroostook County and the rest of the state to disappear
would be economically devastating to the region. But, with limited resources,
the state isn't in a good position to operate a financially troubled rail line,
according to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News.
Kansas City Southern said
that it has acquired the Puerta Mexico intermodal facility at Toluca in the State
of Mexico. Later this month, Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
(KCSM) will add direct train service from Lazaro Cardenas to Puerta Mexico,
providing Mexico City import and export shippers with a service alternative
featuring improved consistency and reliability and better transit times.
Union Pacific will improve
Seattle's transportation infrastructure with a $5.7-million investment to enhance
its track from Seattle to Fife, Wash. Running generally parallel to Interstate
5, this section of Union Pacific track is critical to the movement of goods in
Washington and helps keep local and regional economies competitive. The project
is under way and will continue through the middle of 2010.
North Shore construction
work in Pittsburgh will cause much of the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and
Reedsdale Street to close through Friday, April 2, 2010. The closing is due to
the ongoing construction of the North Shore Connector light rail project.
February's inclement weather resulted in an extension of construction in the
A $133-million federal
stimulus project to build a railroad "flyover" at the Metra, Amtrak
and freight tracks in Englewood on Chicago's south side will untie a knot in
the nation's rail system and make way for high-speed rail, government and rail
officials said Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
CSX Transportation has
agreed to take soil samples from under a bridge it owns in south central
Kentucky to test for any contamination from peeling paint flakes, local media
report. A group of concerned citizens in Barren County said their own tests of
the soil showed high levels of lead. The group's leader, David Garvin, told The
Daily News in Bowling Green that CSX had previously been ignoring the concerns.
Vice President Joe Biden
and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced funding for 191 new
Recovery Act transit projects in 42 states and Puerto Rico that will help
transform the nation's infrastructure and support thousands of jobs across the
country. In making the over $600 million in new awards, the Federal Transit
Administration met an aggressive deadline to award 100 percent of its Recovery
Act transit formula dollars by March 5.
U.S. Senator Susan
Collins of Maine, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured a
commitment from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to work with her,
state, and local officials in an effort to keep the important Maine, Montreal
& Atlantic Railway operating in Northern Maine. Secretary LaHood pledged to
send the Federal Railroad Administrator to Maine to work on a plan to keep the